Article taken from Pirate FM News on 6th June 2016
“Affordable Homes For Porthtowan”
“Ten affordable homes are being built in Porthtowan. It is part of a new development, Atlantic Heights site, off Atlantic Way.
Twenty houses will be built in total by Horizon Homes. It is following on from successful ventures in St Cleer, near Liskeard, and at Totnes. The three bedroom and four bedroom properties will be available through Bradleys estate agents.
The ten Westward properties will be built to meet the local need for affordable housing with five available for shared ownership through Help to Buy South West and five for affordable rent through Cornwall Homechoice.
The homes will be built in keeping with the local area in the style of dormer bungalows and include the latest green technology in air source heat pumps coupled with underfloor heating.
There are nearly 29,000 people on the housing register with Cornwall Council and there are currently over 300 people registered for housing need with Cornwall Homechoice for the local parish of St Agnes and 524 people who have registered an interest in shared ownership in the area.
The combination of rocketing house prices, which has seen the cost of an average home in Cornwall rise to £227,854, coupled with average wages of £20,306, which are below the national average, highlights the enormous need for affordable housing in Cornwall.
Cornwall Council councillor Joyce Duffin, representative for the local Mount Hawke and Portreath ward and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Environment, said: “St Agnes Parish has a significant demand for local needs housing with 323 households currently registered with Cornwall Homechoice. Cornwall Council remains committed to delivering affordable homes for local people and this new development comprising 10 new affordable homes will go some way towards meeting this need.”
Horizon Homes is the commercial development arm of Westward, which has provided affordable homes for 50 years.
Westward Director of Development Jill Gregg said: “We are pleased to work with Cornwall Council and the Homes and Communities Agency to provide quality homes which give local people a chance to rent or even buy a shared ownership home affordably in an area of high housing demand.”
The homes have been designed by Truro-based architects Studio-Arc and are being built by St Austell-based builders JJ Jones and Sons”.
Pirate FM News – 6th June 2016
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